National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Heat Transfer: MESSENGER--My Angle on Cooling

This Web Seminar took place on November 21, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Coordinator. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri talked about the MESSENGER mission to Mercury and related activities that teachers can do with students in their classroom.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This is the first presentation of the Heat Transfer: MESSENGER--My Angle on Cooling program and it will be repeated throughout the academic year. Ms. Kashiri showed the participants a number of online resources and guided them through hands-on activities for the classroom. Focused on measuring temperature at different distances and angles, the activities help students understand how the Earth is warmed by the sun and the reason for the seasons.

Twenty-six (26) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin. In addition, three participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Israel, Germany and Mexico.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “The seminar showed resources I can use in instructing my students.”
  • “Excellent websites as resources!”
  • “I can use it next year when I teach about energy and the sun.”
  • “The entire content was valuable/relevant to be because I am a new teacher and need to be exposed to experienced people giving proven and effective ideas in teaching science.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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